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The Swing Ninjas

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High energy, 4-part harmony, singing swing band combing the best of New Orleans and UK swing - playing well known and original swing.
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BIO Starting out life as a busking trio, The Swing Ninjas, now up to an 8-piece band, headline festivals from Virginia to Bahrain. Playing and singing a mix of New Orleans' swing and new UK swing, with a modern musical flair, this Brighton (UK) based band is taking the sound of a raucous 1930s band to all stages and parties that can fit them on. With 2 original albums and 4 albums of classic New Orleans / UK swing and jazz, it’s little wonder this fun-loving, charming and soulful group play over 150 shows a year. Uniquely, they can be mobile (walkabout) or mic'd up on stage - or both! 100 year-old music is given a breathe of fresh air by the highly skilled energetic performance, group vocal harmonies, immaculate dress and tongue-in-cheek charm of the band. This is not stagnant swing and jazz as you know it. The main band comprises of alto sax, helicon/tuba, Gibson guitar, double bass, piano and drums (depending on the size of band) and features group vocal harmonies. GIG HIGHLIGHTS Recent public gig highlights include a tour to Virgina (USA) New Orleans (USA), Bahrain Jazz Festival (Bahrain), Lenk (Switzerland), WOMAD Festival (UK), Twinwood Festival (UK), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Hamburg Lindy Exchange (2014), Moods Jazz Club (Zurich), Oxford Lindy Exchange, Moulin Rouge (Paris), Chill Out Festival (Istanbul), White Mink (London), Royal Albert Hall (London), as well as playing dance events and parties in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Monaco, Luxembourg, Belgium, Portugal and a plethora of other venues, festivals and parties in cities around Europe.

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The Swing Ninjas' Reviews

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Emma G
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

They were a fabulous band, fitted into the event perfectly & everyone thoroughly enjoyed their set. 100% would book again & strongly recommend anyone to as well.

Jo T
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

From first contact to performance we loved The Swing Ninjas : our party was a great success and they were part of that wonderful evening. Thank you so much

Ashkan S
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Swing Ninjas played at my wedding and were excellent musicians in the field of swing and jazz. We really enjoyed dancing to their up beat Jazz/swing music. They also had a charisma on the stage which was captivating. Well done The Swing Ninjas!! ❤️

Jessica P
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Huge thank you to The Swing Ninjas! They played at our drinks reception for our wedding in July and we absolutely loved them. They listened to my mad requests to play all Disney songs and were so accommodating. Thank you so much our guests were raving about you guys! Would recommend to anyone

Reply from The Swing Ninjas
10 months ago

Thanks for your kind words, Jessica. We had a great time playing through the Disney catalogue and all your guests were lovely! Congratulations again and wishing you all the best.

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Princess S
10 years ago

Thanks so much for your wonderful performance at the “Bal des Etoiles”. You are very talented, I am sure we will work again on another beautiful ball!

Rock M
8 years ago

flowing dresses and sharp can hear the band are having a whole heap of fun...

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The Swing Ninjas' Song list

King of the Swingers (Jungle Book)
Bare Necessities (Jungle Book)
Trust In Me (Jungle Book)
Putting On The Ritz
When You're Smiling
Mack the Knife
Minnie the Moocher
Pennies From Heaven
Sing Sing Sing
I've Got Rhythm
Bourbon Street Parade
Ain't Misbehavin'
Sweet Georgia Brown
Five Feet Two
Cheek to Cheek
I've Got You Under My Skin
Fly Me to the Moon
New York New York
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
How High the Moon
Exactly like you
I Can't Believe You're in Love with Me
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Minor Swing
South Of France
Nature Boy
Sweet Sue
Russian Lullaby
Everybody Loves My Baby
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
What Is This Thing Called Love
Georgia On My Mind
Mood Indigo
Night and Day
Besame Mucho
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Blue Drag
After You've Gone
I've Found A New Baby
Dark Eyes
St. James' Infirmary
All Of Me
My Baby Don’t Care For Me
Love Me or Leave Me
Swing Brother Swing
Tiger Rag
Cement Mixer
Flat Foot Flugie
Buck Dance Rhythm
Peanut Vendor
Dunkin' Bagels
Minor Blues
Lester Leaps In
Here Comes The Bride
Happy Birthday (swing version)
Billie’s Bounce
Body And Soul
Cry Me A River
Oh When the Saints
Walking Stick
All the Things You Are
Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen
Three Blind Mice
Almost Like Being in Love
If I Had You
Down By The Riverside
Minnie The Moocher
Hit The Road Jack
Fly Me To The Moon
Just a Gigolo
The Swing Ninjas Originals
Sheik of Araby
Old Man of the Mountain
Route 66
I'm Beginning to see the Light
Is you Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
Chicken Rhythm
Klezmer / Jewish Wedding:
Mazal Tov
Hava Nagila
Tanz Tanz
Ose Shalom
Hevenu Shalom
Od Yishama
Joseph Joseph
Christmas tunes:
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Jingle Bells
White Christmas
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Winter Wonderland
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
God rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Christmas Time in New Orleans
Frosty The Snowman
Let It Snow!

The Swing Ninjas' Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1250
Up to 2 hours£1500
Up to 3 hours£1750
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We absolutely love the music we play and sharing that joy with others - no matter what situation we find ourselves, the warmth emanates from the first note. Combing expert musicianship with the passion and soul of a music that is timeless, and appeals equally to young and old alike.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Bahrain Jazz Festival, Virgina (USA), Casablanca (Morocco), Chill Out Festival (Istanbul), New Orleans (USA), Lenk (Switzerland), WOMAD Festival (UK), Twinwood Festival (UK), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Moods Jazz Club (Zurich), Moulin Rouge (Paris), Royal Albert Hall (London) and plenty of private villas, castles, yachts, clubs and venues in Europe.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

The Bahrain Jazz Festival was spectacular, as was being invited to perform for the Rockefeller wedding in Asolo, Italy. Performing for royalty at the Bal D'Etoile in Paris was great, and our sets on a private yacht in Cannes wasn't too bad - but we've also had our best moments at smaller more intimate venues where the audience hangs on and loves every note!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! For smaller events, or for the perfect champagne&canapés reception, our 3/4 piece is perfect. For larger evening events, go for the 5/6/7 piece. When you want a BIG show, our 9/10 piece includes the vocal harmony trio with the band behind - so good!

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We are always really flexible with timings - just get in touch and we'll bend over backwards to make sure everything works out perfectly.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes - we can provide something, or usually we plug in a device of your choice (phone, iPad etc) to play background music.

How much time do you need to set up?

We normally allow 1 hour to set up, but does depend on band size.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes! In true New Orleans tradition, we can be fully mobile and acoustic, or semi-acoustic moving from place to place.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

A small PA (for about 80 people) is included in the price. However, we recommend hiring in (either you or us) a bigger PA for larger venues, more people or larger band size. We don't provide lighting - but can hire in at cost price if needed.
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